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Participant Information: Athletes With Disabilities

2016 Boston Marathon Athletes With Disabilities Qualifying Standards

Push Rim Wheelchair Division

An open class T51-T52 and T53-T54 event for men and women who use wheelchairs in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance, this division follows the rules and guidelines as defined by International Paralympic Committee. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Wheelchair Division.

ClassAge GroupMenWomen
Open (Classes 3 & 4) 18-39 2hrs 00min 2hrs 25min
40-49 2hrs 15min 2hrs 40min
50-Over 2hrs 30min 2hrs 55min
Quad (Classes 1 & 2) 18-39 2hrs 45min 3hrs 10min
40-49 3hrs 00min 3hrs 25min
50-Over 3hrs 15min 3hrs 40min

 

Blind / Visually Impaired Division

The qualifying time is 5:00 hours for visually impaired athletes (men and women) classified T11, T12, and T13. IPC Class Description for the Blind/Visually Impaired:

  • T11: Visual acuity is poorer than LogMAR 2.60. From no light perception in either eye to light perception, but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
  • T12: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or the athlete has a visual field that is constricted to a radius of less than 5 degrees. From ability to recognize the shape of a hand to a visual acuity of 2/60 and/or visual field of less than five degrees.
  • T13: Visual acuity ranges from LogMAR 1.40 to 1 (inclusive) and/or the athlete has a visual field that is constricted to a radius of less than 20 degrees. From visual acuity above 2/60 to visual acuity of 6/60 and/or visual field of more than five degrees and less than 20 degrees.

 

Mobility Impaired Program

Individuals with permanent physical disabilities that affect their ability to ambulate may be granted the following extended qualifying times:

  • The qualifying time is 6:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, have difficulty ambulating
  • The qualifying time is 8:00 hours for individuals who, because of the nature of their disability, need mobility aids such as prosthetics, leg braces or crutches to ambulate
  • This program follows the IPC Guidelines for eligible and non-eligible impairment types (www.paralympic.org).

 

Hand Cycle Program

Individuals who use hand cycles in sport and have completed the marathon distance with a valid qualified performance may apply to this program.  Men and women must meet the qualifying standards for their age and gender as posted in the Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division. Able-bodied individuals may not participate in the Hand Cycle Program.

 

Duo Team

A Duo Team is comprised of one able bodied person pushing a permanently disabled person in a customized racing wheelchair.  Both team members must be at least 18 years of age on race day of the Boston Marathon. The team must achieve the qualifying standard set for the able bodied participant’s age and gender at a certified marathon within the current qualifying window (click button below to see Qualifying Standards).

 

 

All of the information above is subject to change at any time.

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.